Posts tagged "britain"

NHS: Genital Piercings Count As Female Genital Mutilation

The UK’s National Health Service has classified voluntary genital piercings as female genital mutilation.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 19, 2015

Britain’s Sexiest Farmer: A Contest We Can Get Behind

This here is Hugh Morrison. With his ewe and his border collie, he's a contestant in a "Britain's sexiest farmer" competition by Farmers Weekly magazine. It is sponsored by the sexily named Original Muck Boot Company. I can't properly ascertain how sexy Hugh is underneath all those farm animals and layers of clothing. But I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 20, 2014

Men’s Magazines In UK Told To Cover Up Their Porny Covers With “Modesty Bags”

The British really aren't into sex, huh? After their Prime Minister David Cameron went after internet porn last week, now The Co-operative Group, one of the largest magazine retailers in the UK, is demanding that "lads' magazines" showing skimpily-clad cover models provide a modesty bag by September 9 to be sold in their stores.

By: Alyson Penn / August 1, 2013

You Can’t Say The Queen Wasn’t Warned…

Finally a story to bring out the giddy nerd lurking inside all of us. Not only does it contain UFOs and British monarchy, but add in some Death Eater-like locutions and you’ve got yourself a teen-sci-fi-fantasy-novel in the works. British National Archives released letters sent between 2007 and 2009 to members of British government, including…

By: Alyson Penn / June 22, 2013

Pamela Anderson Commercial Banned For Being “Sexist,” “Degrading To Women” (NSFW)

The UK has banned a TV commercial starring Pamela Anderson writhing in a bikini, covered in what looks like champagne froth. In the ad for web hosting service CrazyDomains.co.uk, Anderson and another sexy woman are depicted in a boardroom filled with men, one of whom is fantasizing about the two dancing in bikinis as they're splashed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

The More Elite The British School, The More Money They Spend On Sex Toys

A dubious "study" by a British sex toy web site has found that the more elite the British university, the more money students at the school spend on sex toys. Students at Cambridge, the top university in Britain, spend the most on sex toys, followed by Oxford and then Manchester, according to the web site…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2013

Meryl Streep & Others Remember Margaret Thatcher

"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the UK…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2013

UK’s House Of Commons Approves Legalizing Gay Marriage

Britain's House Of Commons has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, which is expected to be signed into law by Prime Minister David Cameron. (UPDATE: Commenter @aonline has noted that the bill needs to be passed by the House Of Lords first.) [NPR, Huffington Post] An Alabama high school football coach is in disciplinary trouble…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2013

UK Cracking Down On Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

The United Kingdom is seeking stricter regulation of cosmetic surgery procedures, including an proposed ban on "free consultations" and "two-for-one" plastic surgery deals, as well as two stages of written consent. The regulations follow a scandal last year, where almost 50,000 breast implants manufactured in France were found to contain industrial grade silicone, instead of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2013

Britain’s “Fat Slag” Earthwork: My, What Beautiful Hills You Have!

There's artwork and then there is earthwork, which is just what it sounds like: artwork built into the ground. This naked woman is "Northumberlandia," a 1,300-by-830-ft long piece of landscape sculpture located in Northumberland in the UK. It's the largest piece of "human body" earthwork in the world.

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2012

All The Crazy Hats At Britain’s Royal Ascot

The British -- they have a reputation for being so refined and proper. But look, these people totally wild out. Take the Royal Ascot -- a five-day celebration of British royalty and horseracing. The Queen and a bunch of members of the royal family show up, and there's lots of white gloves and fancy dresses.

By: Julie Gerstein / June 23, 2012

Pregnant Mother Of 5 Died After Drinking Vinegar In DIY Abortion

Catherine Furey, 38, of the UK,  died in December 2010 after drinking concentrated vinegar, a DIY abortion she read about on the Internet. Furey had a "violent reaction" to the vinegar, was rushed to the hospital and died. The details of her death have only now come out in relation to a trial against Furey'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2012

British Docs Busted For Offering Female Circumcision (Which Is Illegal And Also Horrible)

A doctor, a dentist, and an alternative medicine practitioner were all secretly filmed offering to perform or arrange female genital mutilation (FGM), according to the UK Guardian. FGM involves removing all or part of the external female genitalia, and sometimes sewing the opening to the vagina shut. It's all supposedly for the purpose of making…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2012

Why New “Clare’s Law” On Domestic Violence In The UK Doesn’t Have Advocates Thrilled

You might think that advocates for victims of domestic violence might be thrilled about a proposal that would, in theory, positively affect their life's work. So why is a new pilot program called "Clare's Law," spearheaded by the father of a woman murdered by her abusive partner and set to go into effect this summer,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2012

Today’s Lady News: British Plastic Surgeons Say Advertising Their Procedures Should Be Banned

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, a society of plastic surgeons, says what they perform are medical procedures and the procedures should not be advertised the same way clothing or cosmetics are. BAAPS also asked that annual checks be carried out on surgeons. The group said it is concerned by the increasing attitude that just…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2012

Girls Wear Too Much Makeup, So UK School Removes Mirrors From Girls’ Bathrooms

Talk about an "extreme makeover": a UK high school removed mirrors from the girls' bathrooms after girls flouted the dress code rules about makeup. Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, once allowed female pupils over age 14 to wear "discreet" makeup. But "five or six girls ... the ones who wear the most makeup" continually…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 16, 2011

Celebrities, Move To Sunny London!

Are you desperate for British citizenship? There was a time when you'd have to find a nice British national to marry you. But no more! Now all you have to do to set up permanent residence in the UK is win an Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe, or BAFTA or at least get nominated for one…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / August 10, 2011

Deadbeat Dads Should Be Stigmatized Like Drunk Drivers, Says UK Prime Minister

Deadbeat dads should be stigmatized by society just like drunk drivers, UK Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in a Father's Day article for the Telegraph newspaper. Cameron blasted what he called "runaway" fathers and said society should be "genuinely hostile" and make them feel the "full force of shame heaped upon them." The prime minister…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2011

Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed "program," if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it's not…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2011
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